Day three of the 4-day Letterpress Intensive was probably my favorite. The assignment was to “make a poster” – and after hearing about something called a split fountain or “rainbow roll” (a process of using multiple colors of ink on the roll to allow for multiple colors in one printing) I knew I wanted to try it. I picked a pretty straight-forward statement for my poster:

“The Internet will be just fine without you.”

It’s something I’d seen in a magazine and I love it because it can be read multiple ways, a delight for my quirky ex-English major mind.

Laying it out was more easy than yesterday’s assignment, since it wasn’t that many words and I used GIANT wood type (which is definitely easier to set) – I got pretty good at reading backwards words when setting type:
giant wood type

Rainbow Roll!

After setting the type, I had a chance to play with the ink – mixing multiple colors this time. I went with a rich, tonal purple/blue/green, it looked amazing on the roll – so I had to grab a video:

I love the way the poster turned out and I’d love to do more experimentation with multi-colors. I really like the way this process turns out on the page. Plus, the color blend changes as the roll spins, so it makes lots of variation in the final print.




Jeska Dzwigalski Kittenbrink is a curious & creative generalist, aspiring hand letterer, community manager, mom, cupcake baker, cocktail blogger (Geeks with Drinks) and all around bon vivant. Former day jobs: Second Life, Wikia, Coffee & Power, High Fidelity, CreativeLive. Current day job: Freedome